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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, one of the surgeons has an RN that assists him in the OR & knows I'm getting into woodworking.

She inherited her dads RAS Model 509399. The manual says model 113.197411. It comes with an assortment of blades (9, one of which looks like a Dado blade). It looks very clean, has a blade guard (so recall repair must have been done). She says it's in the way in her carport & asked me to make her an offer. What would you guys say is a reasonable offer. I have no experience with used tools. She says her dad was very particular with his tools and always kept them immaculate. I can post pictures when I get home tonight.
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50~75$$$
there are many of them out there...

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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Thanks Stick, are you familiar with this saw. I'm not finding anything on the Net about it.
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not surprising.. it's old...
parts are pretty much non existent ...

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Quentin - that looks like the saw my dad had, which was the Sears anniversary special and came with that lower cabinet - cost (Canadian) was somewhere between $1000 - 1200 at the time - I don't remember specifically.
He wanted to give it to me but I declined - I had a SCMS. He attempted to sell it but couldn't and eventually gave it away. Going price in our area (Southern Ontario) is somewhere between $50 - $100 as Stick says.

In case you're interested here's a link to the product manual:

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About what Stick said. The SCMS has pretty much replaced it. They were never particularly accurate. The most common use was on construction sites for repetitive cut off as in when cutting cross bracing for floor joists. You had to be pretty careful when using them not to put torque on the handle or you would pull them off square.

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I've mentioned in the past; that's the beast that nearly took my hand off. The On-Off switch was inaccessible from where I was standing doing a ripped dado.
My own B&D RAS has the switch mounted on the end of the arm, where you can always reach it.
Sorry, but after that experience you couldn't give me a Craftsman RAS.
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I agree with all the above. Not very accurate and not worth much.

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If you've got the space for it, it'd make a nice disc sander or even a drum sander if you can get a chuck to fit, or otherwise add a drum.
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I bought mine for 75 dollars and got one of the last free kits. I love mine its in excellent shape no play in carriage . I would not pay any more than 75 dollars. Mine was accurate if you align blade. Nice thing about them cheap fence just throw away. Need a new one take a 4 ft piece of 3/4 mdf rip a 2 1/2 inch piece. Clamp in place and cut through measure from the right side of curf to length you want put a stop block. Much better cut than my sliding compound because much better support don't get the chip out. However pain in the ass to cut angles so I use slider for angles.
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